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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, March 16, 1973 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - 19 Romantic heyday recalled Don't overlook Biarritz Popular Irish showplace Powerscourt Estate, a scenic 14-mile .drive south of Dublin along the Irish Sea and through mountains and glens, is a popular garden showplace. The mansion sits above terraces and overlooks various gardens and pools with purple cone of a mountain in the distance. (CP Photo) Mansions, castles open to public Grand gardens of Ireland By MARGARET NES BIARRITZ, France (CP) -Biarritz: A name that conjures up the romantic heyday of a great seaside resort on the Atlantic near the Spanish border. Napoleon III built an elegant palace here, how a deluxe hotel, for his Spanish Empress Eugenie. After the fall of the empire and two world wars, the Riviera lured high society away but Bizarritz is still well worth visiting. If possible, make it off-season. During the summer this whole coastline is crowded. The rest of the year is ideal for those who want to sun, walk the long ocean-front promenade and enjoy a quiet atmosphere. However, one of the two casinos remains open year-round and also one of the two heated pools. Biarritz is a good centre from which to explore the province of Aquitaine and the Basque country. It' contains such picturesque medieval towns as Saint-Jean-de-Luz where a cultural week in early September is considered one of the best in France. There's Camp-les-Bains, a spa with the nearby museum-home of Edmond Rostand, whose Cyrano de Bergerac is still played in theatres all over the world. And there's Saint Etienne de Biagorry, really just a single picturesque street but with a humpback Roman bridge. GOOD FOR DAY TRIPS These towns and others may make up two not-too- By EVELYN OLDHAM DUBLIN (CP) - It is only during the last few years that the Irish at home have been celebrating St. Patrick's Day with the kind of shenanigans that go on in Montreal, Boston and New York. The holiday used to be an excuse to be lazy and perhaps play golf, go fishing, or watch some horses work out. For many a man there was nothing to celebrate because the pubs were closed. In recent years, however, the annual parade in cities throughout the republic have grown, bands and groups from North America have been taking part, au;l dlowly the day for wearing the green has acquired a little of the hoopla that has been taken for granted overseas. Traditionally, March 17 has meant the first day of spring in Ireland and the Irish have celebrated by getting their gardens ready, sowing seeds and setting out plants in the old sod. Not that the Irish are as fanatic about gardens as the English, who seem to be able to turn a tiny plot inot a miniature park. The average D u b 1 i n e r plants a couple of palms or Australian Norfolk pines be-gea bushes, and that settles his landscaping and gardening problems. RESEMBLES PARK Despite this seeming disinterest in things horticultural, Ireland possesses some of the grandest gardens, not only in the British Isles but in all of Europe, and has an impressive collection of mansions and castles with gardens open to the public. Any short tour through most of the country, particularly around the southern coastal regions, is like a drive through a park. Fuchsia hedges line the tree-arched roads and openings provide views of misty hills and sheets of water. Here and there, gaunt ruins of castles dominate wild hills and crags. Plants from all over the world flourish in Ireland, thanks both to the Gulf Stream which guarantees mild winters and moist summers, and to the country's rich, peaty, acid soil. An arbutus shrub in one garden is as high as a forest tree; in another a dwarf box hedge is about 40 feet high. In lush sections of County Kerry, subtropical and Mediterranean plants flourish, and in and around Youghal and Water-ford nectarines and figs grow. OPEN TO PUBLIC Powerscourt Estate, a scenic 14-mile drive south of Dublin along the Irish Sea and through mountains and glens, is a popular showplace. The mansion sits above terraces -the top terrace is 800 feet long-and overlooks various gardens and pools with a purple cone of a mountain in the distance. The estate was held by the same family for 300 years and fathers seemed to pass on to their sons their passion for gardening-one that the present American owners share. The Italian influence is seen in the planting design, the many statues, urns, sundials, pillars and wrought-iron gates. Farther south at the village of Ashford is Mount Usher where the most romantic gardens of Ireland are located. They follow both sides of the River Vartry with its series of waterfalls and have been in the same family for 100 years More than 70 species of euca rushed day-long drives or may be stretched to three days. Camp-les-Bains, for example, is really worth a day in itself. Rostand's large formal garden with its Greek pergola, pools and walks is the setting for sound and light performances in summer. The house is elegantly furnished and if the crowd isn't large, visitors are permitted to wander around at leisure. Here is the two-day schedule we followed, First day was to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, about eight miles from Biarritz. Now a picturesque seaside resort, it was once an important port. Louis.XIV was married here in 1660 in the church of St. Jean-Baptiste to , Maria-Theresa, daughter of Philip IV of Spain. The church is typically Basque with its reserved-for-men wooden galleries supported by slender pillars. If you're there June 24-26, the town celebrates the annual Toro (bull) del Fuego when everyone dances the fandango in the streets and a papier-mache bull roams around emitting real sparks. SARDINES TASTY Lunch was at Chez Pantuxa at Socoa, a few miles along the bay. The fixed-price meal was $3 but you might'prefer the delicious grilled sardines (five huge ones at $1.25) since this is a sardine centre, followed by local ham at $2. If planning to cross the Spanish border to visit the well-known resort of San Sebastian, go after lunch via Hendaye (pronounced on-dye). If you aren't interested in Spain this trip, swing inland from Hendaye to Ascain, a small village with a Roman bridge, a Basque church and a chateau, and back to Biarritz. Second day is all inland although Saint-Jean-de-Luz is on the route to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, and old fortified town. A cobblestone street leads up the hillside to the rampart steps and the hilltop citadel. On the return, stop at the small shops to buy the famous felt Basque berets and rope-sole espadrilles. Incidentally Basque men wear their berets straight on and slightly front-dented to a sort of. peak, never pulled to one side as the tourists like to wear them. And of course the Basque women never wear them. SEE ROMAN BRIDGE Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port also has a Roman bridge, easily photographed from a modern one. If you're not including Camples-Bains and Rostand's house on this trip, drive straight to Bayonne for a tour and dinner. However Bayonne should really be granted a whole day and it's practically on Biarritz's doorstep. For anyone interested In folklore there's the Basque Museum. For art lovers, it's the Bonnat Museum with one of France's best collections of El Greco, Tintoretto, Duerer, Goya and of course, Bonnat. This is Leon Bonnat's own collection which he gave as a gift to the city of his birth. Corner'-"' m.ci_j Brook 4 mid. Tourism booms in Trinity Map locates Trinity on the Northeast coast of Newfoundland where tourism has been part of the summer life of the town since the iate 19th century. Last summer the community's only tourist establishment turned away 1,000 visitors for lack of room. lyptus attract botanists to Mount Usher and tropical tree ferns, orange and lemon trees, Australian bottle brushes, Chinese tulip trees, palms and magnolias thrive along with local ferns, flowers and water lilies. Malahide Castle of Boswell-papers fame lies north of Dublin and while conditions there are not as encouraging, due to alkaline soil, salty winds and cooler weather, some 4,000 varieties of plants prosper on the castle grounds. The gardens of Birr.Castle in the centre of Ireland also lack ideal conditions, but it is there that t he 40-foot box hedge can be found. The sloping terrain of the castle grounds provides many vistas for looking at primulas, poppies, lilacs, lilies, camelias, roses and hundreds of other species. On these esattes, only the garden gates are open to the public, but throughout the country other domains, mansions and castles open their doors in welcome as well. Two new resort areas Passport Photos Candid Weddings - Picture Framing - Photo Supplier A. L CROSS STUDIO Prion* 328-0111 710 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-0222 Tourism grows in Bulgaria SOFIA - Construction begins this year on two large, new holiday resort areas on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast. One is Kamchia south of Varna and the other Ropotamo south of Bourgas. When completed each will add 40,000 to 45,000 hotel beds and 5,000 camping sites to this Balkan country's tourist plant. In addition, Balkantourist is embarking on an expansion of tourist facilities all over Bulgaria and it is estimated that accommodation capacity throughout the country will reach 330,000 beds by the end of 1975 and close to half a mil lion in 1980. Last year, Bulgaria had 238,000 beds to ac commodate foreign tourists. Of these, 88,000 were in private homes and apartments. New Balkantourist hotels and restaurants in the resort areas of Golden Sands, Sunny Beach, Albena, Pamporovo and Boro-vets, and in the towns of Belo-gradchik in the northwest and Bansko in the southwest were opened last year. Tourism today has become the youngest branch of Bulgaria's national economy, with visitors from more than 100 countries arriving here every year. EUROPE 1973 New low Transatlantic air fares now available - Effective April 1st, 1973 MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW FOR "ADVANCE BOOKING CHARTER" FLIGHTS - OR -22-45 DAY EXCURSION FARES FROM CALGARY Let us help you decide the best arrangements for you Alio available 9 Automobile leasing  Escorted tours  Mediterranean cruises  Rhine cruises  Insurance (including sickness and accident) R LAWSON TRAVEL LARGEST CANADIAN TRAVEL AGENCY OFFICES COAST-TO-COAST MARQUIS HOTEL BLDG. Phone 328-3000 or 327-4094 Few see giraffes during "necking' JOHANNESBURG - Only the luckier tourist gets to see "necking" giraffes in South Africa's Kruger National Park. Most of the time giraffes will stand and look curiously at a tourist, or pay no attention to him at all and go on eating, or simply amble off. But necking giraffes are a fascinating attraction. The question is, what makes them neck: According to an article in the magazine "South African Panorama", the necking game is played only by male giraffes, to settle disputes over females. Fighting bulls, it says, use their necks as whips to crack at each other with their heads, and while occasionally this can end in the death of one, the battle usually terminates when both animals reach complete exhaustion. Another observer, while admitting that necking is usually plain sparring between males, contends that sometimes it is a display of homosexuality, the difference being whether the contact appears to be serious fighting or gentle neck rubbing. The death of a giraffe in a fight, according to this observer, "does not yet appear to be recorded, although one (giraffe) has been seen to be knocked out by another." SMILEJHE WBENDS ALMOST HB� LABATTSBLUE MILES ALONG WITH YOU ;